MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave
went eight shutout innings and the bats stayed hot as the WVU baseball team defeated Kansas State, 10-1, on Friday evening at Hawley Field.
"I thought the rain delay effected him a little bit, he wasn't all that sharp in the first few innings," coach Randy Mazey says. "Once he settled in he was typical Harrison, he was really good."
The Mountaineers improved to 22-16 on the season and 5-7 in the Big 12. Kansas State fell to 23-20 on the year and 4-9 in the conference.
Musgrave (4-3) picked up his first win since March 8, spreading three hits across eight innings of work, allowing no runs with eight strikeouts and one walk.
West Virginia had double-digits hits for the fourth-straight game, knocking 13 with senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
, junior second baseman Billy Fleming
and junior shortstop Taylor Munden
each recording two hits with two RBIs.
Munden started the offense with a leadoff single to center field in the bottom of the first. A stolen base and a balk put Munden on third for Fleming, who hit an RBI single to right field, scoring the first tally of the contest. A two-out single by senior left fielder Jacob Rice
scored Fleming, putting WVU up 2-0.
In the third it was again the top of the order helping the Mountaineers generate runs. Munden led off with a walk and was moved over to second with a sacrifice bunt from junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
. Fleming hit a single to center field knocking in Munden, his second RBI of the game. McBroom followed by lining a two-run home run over the center field fence, extending the WVU lead to 5-0. The round tripper was McBroom’s team-leading seventh of the season.
The top four spots in West Virginia's lineup drove in eight of the Mountaineers’ 10 runs of the evening as each player had two RBIs.
WVU would make it 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth when freshman designated hitter Jackson Cramer
smacked a one-out double off the center field wall. A single by senior third baseman Michael Constantini
put two men on for Boyd, who singled to center, scoring both runners.
With two outs in the six Munden smoked a ball down the third base line improving West Virginia's lead to 9-0. Redshirt junior right fielder Brad Johnson
led off the inning with a single, and then stole second. A walk by Cramer put two on with two out for Munden, who recorded two RBIs.
WVU loaded the bases in the seventh as McBroom, Rice and junior pinch hitter Justin Fox
got aboard with one out. Junior pinch hitter Max Nogay
was able to draw a two-out walk to plate McBroom, finishing the Mountaineer's scoring at 10-0.
The Wildcats would get their only run of the game in the ninth on a sacrifice fly to center field from pinch hitter Kyle Speer.
Kansas State's starter Levi MaVorhis (5-5) took the loss going 5.1 innings and allowing nine runs off of nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks. The Wildcats managed just four hits in the contest.
WVU will go for the series win tomorrow at 4 p.m. A link to the video stream and live stats will be available on WVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.